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Bluetooth GPS Receiver
User’s Manual
Bluetooth GPS Receiver User Manual
Caution------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2
0. Quick Start----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2
0.1. Inside the package------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2
0.2. Connect to your PC/PDA---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2
1. Introduction---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3
2. Features and Functions--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3
3. Technical Specification---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------4
3.1. General------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4
3.2. Acquisition Time (Average)------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4
3.3.Precision/Accuracy------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 4
3.4. Dynamic Condition----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5
3.5. Power Management-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------5
3.6. Protocol & Interface---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5
3.7. Dimension /Specification---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5
4. Start to Use----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6
5. Software/Hardware Usage----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7
5.1. Hardware description -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7
5.2. Configuration setup with PC connection --------------------------------------------------------- 7
5.3. Configuration setup with PDA connection-------------------------------------------------------11
5.4. GpsViewer Software Install/Usage Guide--------------------------------------------------------14
6. Warranty------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 19
7. Trouble Shooting---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------20
7.1. Problem of Setup-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------20
7.2. Concerning of Poor GPS Signal------------------------------------------------------------------- 20
Bluetooth GPS Receiver User Manual
Read before you start to use:
Ø Global position system (GPS) is obtained by American Ministry of National Defense, and they
got the full responsibility about the preciseness and the maintenance. Any changes may cause
the capacity and preciseness of GPS differed.
Ø If you use this device inside of buildings, tunnels, or any huge objects beside you, the GPS
signals might be cut-off or disturbed. Please do not consider that the receiver is malfunction.
Ø Sometimes the speed-test alarm system may interfere with GPS signal. If it really do, please
suspend it temporary.
Ø The receiver is made by high-technology electronic components. Please do not make it
exposed in sunshine for a long time.
0、Quick Start
0.1 Inside the Package
Thank you for purchasing our GPS product, and wish you have the best experience in using. Please
open the package, and check if everything in the list exist once you got it. Please tell our salesman if
anything missing.
A. Basic package
1. FGPXBT01a multi-purpose Bluetooth GPS Receiver x 1
2. High capacity rechargeable lithium-ion battery x 1
3. Manual/software CD-Rom x 1
4. Travel charger x1
B. Optional package
In order to support various computers and handheld devices, you may need some accessories
inside the package also:
1.Mobile charger x1
0.2 Connect to your PC/PDA
A. Push the power button for 2 seconds, power on the Bluetooth GPS receiver.
B. Put the Bluetooth GPS receiver at proper place (open to sky) to receive the GPS signal.
C. Turn on the power of your PC/PDA.
D. Search for Blue tooth device by your Blue tooth manager on your PC/PDA. The GPS
device required no passkey for connection. But some Blue tooth system is forced to enter
passkey, please use [0000] in such case.
E. Connect to FGPXBT01a Bluetooth GPS Receiver and then make sure baud rate set at 9600
bps(standard) in your application program.
F. In firstly Use of this Bluetooth GPS Receiver ,we strongly recommend you to bring
Bluetooth GPS receiver
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outdoor or open sky at least 15~20 minutes for sure 3D
position fixed and almanac updated.
1. Introduction
FGPXBT01a Bluetooth GPS Receiver is a total solution of GPS receiver. High capacity
rechargeable lithium-ion battery and solar charger circuit build-in, GPS antenna, Blue tooth
transmit/receive system are included. It is designed on the most advantage GPS
kernel(FirstGPSTM), got the full-function, industry-level locating capacity and low prices.
You can use this Bluetooth GPS Receiver as vehicles navigator, security system,
geographic measurement, investigations or agriculture purpose. FGPXBT01a Bluetooth GPS
Receiver operation requirement is a proper power supply and the open sky-view. This Bluetooth
GPS Receiver can communicate with other electronic devices by Blue tooth interface. Built-In
Flash Memory can save satellite information and do almanac refresh periodically .This will
shorten Time To First Fix(TTFF) effectively.
The Bluetooth GPS Receiver is designed as a ultra low power consumption device, and high
position accuracy. It will update the satellite position every second. This Bluetooth GPS Receiver
auto-locating feature is capable of automatically determining a navigation solution without
intervention. However, acquisition performance could be interfered and do cold start if the receiver
were initialized with occurrence of the following events:
1) First in use
2) The GPS receiver is not in use for more than 3 months or transportation over distances
further than 500 kilometers.
3) Failure of the internal memory battery without system standby power.
2. Features and Functions
1)Act as WARM/HOT start with built-in battery
back-up power circuit design will keep flash memory and RTC clocking always.
Shorten TTFF effectively
2)Automatically almanac/ ephemeris update in flash mmory
programmable flash utility to do refresh on satellite orbit data information every 10 minutes.
3) Smart power management solution.
GPS Device will automatically shutdown in case of bluetooth un-detected over default time.
4) Compatible with Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP) completely.
5)Support RTCM (Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services) real-time deviation
correction capacity, can provide the precision smaller then 1 meter.
6)Easy to combine with vehicle, voyage navigation, vehicle management, AVL, personal
navigation, tracking system and map applications.
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3. Technical Specification
3.1. General
Core Module: firmware by Trimmble FirstGPS™, chipset by Ultra low power Xemics Solution
Satellite channel number: all-in-view 8 parallel satellites;
GPS frequency: 1575.42 MHz
Receiver: L1, C/A code.
Antenna type : built-in active antenna
External connector: MMCX(standard)
3.2. Acquisition Time
Refresh: 1 sec
Code start: <120 secs(average, normally occurred in first use of GPS receiver life)
Warm start <42 secs(average)
Hot start: <10 secs(average)
Position information update period: 1 sec
3.3. Precision/ Accuracy
A) None-DGPS
Position accuracy: <5m(50% CEP) or <7m(95% CEP)
Speed: 0.05m/sec, typical
Time: 1 sec(satellite time)
B) DGPS (Difference GPS)
Location accuracy: <1m
Speed: 0.05m/sec, typical
3.4. Dynamic condition
Altitude: 18,000m(60,000 feet)
Velocity: 515m/sec(700knod)
Acceleration: 4G(G for gravity unit)
Jerk: 20m/sec
3.5. Power management
A)Applied External Voltage : 5V DC +/- 5%(via charge cable)
B)Power system:
Main battery: Rechargeable Lithium-ion 3.7V battery, as main power.
Backup battery:on board 3V backup battery for RTC(Real Time Clock) operating in idle .
C)Power consumption: 45mA(typical)
D)Battery endurance: Charged with 4 hours(firstly in use), more than 20 hours of working time;
3.6. Protocol &Interface
A) Output format
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NMEA 0183 V3.01,
Baud rate: 9600 bps(standard)
Data bit: 8
Parity: None
Stop bit: 1
B)NMEA code support:
C) Compatible with Blue tooth devices with Serial Port Profile (SPP)
•Blue tooth version 1.1 compliant
•Blue tooth Class 2 operation (up to 10 meter range)
•Frequency : 2.400 to 2.480 GHz
•Modulation: FHSS / GFSK
•RF channels: 79
•Input Sensitivity: -80dBm
•Output Level: 4dBm
3.7. Dimension/Environment Specification:
Dimension size: 86 × 45 × 23 mm
Weight: < 65g(battery excluded)
Operation temperature: -10 C to + 70 C
Storage temperature: -40 C to + 85 C
Operation humidity: 5%R.H. to 95%R.H. no compressed
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4. Start to Use
Step 1: Charge the battery in first use
Please fully-charge the battery with at least 4 hours before you use the GPS receiver firstly.
Connect charge cable to the power plug at the
bottom and start charging
Power Indicator:
Power indicator
Bluetooth indicator
Power plug
(1)Green LED blinking
àPower low/charging(see below detail described)
(2) Green LED stop to blink &light up
àcharge completed (LED will vanish when cable away)
Step 2: Power on, connect with Bluetooth
Push the power switch 1~2 seconds to Power on
Bluetooth indicator :
(1) Bluetooth host searching:
à3 pulses per second
(2) Bluetooth host connected:
à1 pulse per second
Power ON/OFF switch
Bluetooth indicator
Note: Some PDA needs to restart the Bluetooth function if you need to re-connect.
Step 3: GPS function test
In firstly Use of this Receiver ,we strongly recommend to bring your Bluetooth GPS Receiver
outdoor and open sky at least 15~20 minutes for almanac update.
GPS Acquisition &
Power indicator
Power on the FGPXBT01a Bluetooth GPS
GPS Acquisition Fix Indicator
(1)Red LED lights up continuously: Inquiring
(2)Red LED blinks (1 pulse/3 secs): Position
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5. Software/Hardware Usage
5.1. Hardware description
1). Bluetooth GPS Receiver device function description is shown as below:
Active antenna
inside(face to open
Power switch
External Antenna
Charge plug
Bluetooth indicator
2). LED display description
Blue tooth Indicator
Blinking in 3 pulses/sec
Searching for Bluetooth host
Blinking in 1 pulse/sec
Connected with host&
Blinking with 3 secs
Battery low
Blinking with 2 sec
Light up
Charge completed
(LED off when cable away)
Light up continously
Blink in 1pulse/ 3secs
Position fixed
Acquisition LED
(Red/Green combined)
3).Power ON/OFF:
Push power switch 1~2 seconds to switch on/off the power.
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5.2. Configuration setup with PC connection
Here is a sample to show you how to connect the Bluetooth GPS Receiver with your PC,
software install and basic function test.
1) First, select a PC with Bluetooth interface. Or you can purchase Bluetooth adapter for your PC.
Please contact with your PC’s sales about this.
2) Check your Bluetooth manager if there exist any configuration of Bluetooth Serial Port Profile
like this:
Note: this sample is for your reference only. The screen may various between different models of
Bluetooth manager software.
3) If not found, please create a Bluetooth serial port by yourself. The configuration should be like
Name it as
you wish
Please uncheck the
secure connection
4) If there is already one, please check the content. Some Bluetooth device will enable the secure
connection. Please refer to the configuration as above to uncheck it.
5) Power on your GPS Receiver . If the battery is ready, you should see 2 LED light up: the blue
LED blink 3 times/sec means Bluetooth is activated and waiting for connection. Another static
red LED shows the GPS module is started and is inquiring position information.
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6) Open your Bluetooth places; you should see nothing while using firstly.
7) Click the [View devices in range] and you should find a [Bluetooth GPS] show as below:
8) Right click on the icon, select the [Discover Available Services]:
9) You should find the service SPP slave, right click and select [Connect to Bluetooth Serial Port]:
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10) The follow message will show:
11) And the connection successful message:
12) Back to the Bluetooth service view, you should see the icon changed to [Connected]:
13) If you wish to use the connection more easily next time, you can create a shortcut for this:
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14) You will see the shortcut you just created:
5.3. Configuration setup with PDA connection
Following will show how to configure the Bluetooth connection on PDA, and how to install
the GPS Viewer software. It may be different from other PDA models.
1) Power on your PDA and the Bluetooth host.
2) Power on the GPS Receiver . If the battery is ready, you should see 2 LEDs indication: the blue
for Bluetooth blinks 3 times/sec. It means the Bluetooth module is activated and waiting for
connection. The red LED for GPS, means the GPS module is activated and is inquiring GPS
Blue LED blinks 3 times/sec
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3) See the screen, click Bluetooth mark at bottom, and [Bluetooth Manager] as below:
4) If this is your first time to use Bluetooth GPS, click the Bluetooth mark at the bottom as below:
5)Then the Bluetooth connection wizard show up, select [Explore a Bluetooth device] and click
[Next]. In the next page, click the box to search Bluetooth devices. Your PDA will find the
Bluetooth GPS and show it in the window. Click the icon to search for service.
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6) Back to the [Explore a Bluetooth device] as below. Click [Next] to list service on Bluetooth GPS.
[SPP slave] should appear in the service list box, click it and click [Next] to finish shortcut
creation. Don’t forget to uncheck the secure connection box.
7) Back to the main screen of [Bluetooth manager] as below. Please double-click the icon to
connect the Bluetooth GPS Receiver . If connection successful, a green arrow will show as below
at right.
8) You may start to use any map/navigation software and use the GPS function now. Or you can use
the GPS Viewer software bounded in our CD-Rom to verify the function of Bluetooth GPS
Receiver as you wish.
5.4. GpsViewer Software Install/Usage Guide
After the Bluetooth connected, you may use Bluetooth GPS Receiver in any software support
GPS function. We have provided you the software: GPS Viewer, for you to test the basic function
of GPS. You may use it to verify if your GPS device works. Attention! GPSViewer for PDA
supports only Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 or fully compatible operation systems. Please do not use it
on any non-compatible system like Palm or SONY CLIE, etc
1) Please make sure your PDA is connected properly with your PC using Microsoft ActiveSync. If
you have not install ActiveSync yet, you can install the copy from the bounded CD-Rom, version
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3.7.1. Please connect your PDA with your PC by the cable/cradle for your PDA, it should be
found in your PDA accessory pack.
2) Insert the CD-Rom into your CD drive. If your auto-run function works, you will see the
welcome screen as below:
3) Select the language you preferred. We choose the “English” here:
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4) Click the [Useful tools and PocketPC utility] at the left:
5) Click the [Install] at the right screen. The setup screen will show up. Please follow the screen
guide to install step by step:
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6) If your PDA is connected correctly, the installer will call Microsoft active synchronize and install
it. You can install them right now. The install procedure is complete.
7) The installer will create an icon on your desktop. Please double-click it to start program:
8) GPS Viewer main screen will shows up, please select the proper COM port ID and baud rate, and
click [Open GPS] to begin the test. The COM port id is COM5 in our PC; please select the
corresponding ID base on your Bluetooth manager. Please select 9600 as your baud rate as
9) If you just cannot determine the COM port ID for your Bluetooth GPS, you may click [Scan…]
to scan it automatically:
Attention! The following steps show the usage of GPSViewer for PDA. Please follow the
operations on your PDA.
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10) See your PDA and click [Start]->[Programs]->[GPSViewer] as below:
11) Here is the main screen of GPSViewer, and the basic function description as below:
(1) Com Port: COM port ID to connect with GPS device.
(2) Baud rate: COM port data transfer rate.
(3) Scan: Search the COM port ID automatically.
(4) Open GPS: Connect to GPS receiver.
(5) Power Save: The GPS receiver working in an extremely low power cost, extra power saving
mode is not necessary.
(6) WAAS/EGNOS: Enable the synchronous GPS satellite receiving function (Support only the
area with synchronous satellites, not available in Asia currently)
(7) Hot Start/Warm start: Hot start, warm start (For test only)
(8) Cold start: Clean the date/time and previous satellites information in GPS flash ROM. It will
force GPS receiver to re-calculate satellites information. It is necessary if the GPS receiver
didn’t get satellites information over 60 days, or re-locate over 500 km.
(9) GPS Status: Show the satellites map and data flow from the GPS receiver.
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12) Select 9600 as the baud rate, click [Scan] to auto-detect where the GPS receiver is mapped to
your PDA. For example, most PDA will set COM 8 as its Bluetooth SPP slave COM port ID.
After the COM port found, you can click [Open GPS] to start test. As blow:
13) Click [GPS Status] to see the satellite view. If the GPS receiver can acquire position successful,
the position fix result will show as below:
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6. Warranty
The Bluetooth GPS receiver is warranty for free from defect in material and function for 1 year
from the date of purchase. Any failure of this product within the period under normal conditions will
be replaced at no charge to the customers.
This warranty does not cover failures due to abuse, misuse, accident, or unauthorized alteration or
repairs, inappropriate disassemble.
Since the Bluetooth GPS Receiver got high performance rechargeable lithium-ion battery,
we are strongly recommend you not to place it under the sunshine for a long time.
The warranty will become invalid if any mis-operation found.
7. Trouble Shooting
7.1 Problem of Setup
Trouble shooting
Can not find the GPS Install not correct or battery low
device through
Bluetooth interface
Check if FGPXBT01a Bluetooth GPS
Receiver is installed properly, and
confirm the battery level is suitable
(green LED blinks or none LED)
Unable the connect
through Bluetooth
Configuration incorrect
Please refer section 5.2 to re-install.
Or refer to your PDA’s user manual
for configuration.
Fail to open COM
Bluetooth manager is not configured Please check your Bluetooth manager
properly, or the COM port is adopted settings, close the software may use
by another software.
COM ports and try again. Or check if
there is any password protection.
No NMEA code
(GPS data flow)
(1) Disable the power saving mode,
(1) Some PC/PDA will enter the
try to connect GPS receiver again.
power saving mode if you stop
input for a few minutes. Bluetooth (2) Correct with right baud rate &
interface will be reset in such case.
com port
(2) Wrong baud rate/com port
Unstable GPS signal (1) degraded by anti-sunlight film Plug External antenna and place on
with receiver placed inside car car roof
(2) some cases described in sec7.2
Poor GPS signal
(1) FGPXBT01a Storm effect
(2) Atmosphere turbulences
(3) SA ON by USA military .
7.2 Concerning of Poor GPS Signal
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It is possible unable to receive GPS signal or signal low in these places:
Inside the tunnel, GPS signal is blocked.
Covers above, GPS signal is blocked.
Inside buildings, GPS signal is blocked.
Beside some buildings, GPS signal is disturbed.
Inside forests, or too many covers, GPS signal is disturbed.
If you use the Bluetooth GPS Receiver inside the car, some anti-sunlight windscreen film
will makes the GPS signal degraded or signal lost .
GPS satellite is owned by America military, sometimes they will tune-down the accuracy by
some reason. In such cases, the GPS position may not fixed exactly.
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